Before becoming a partner at the firm, Mr. Robbins was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of California (San Francisco) for ten years, prosecuting a variety of corporate fraud cases (involving securities, commodities, mail and wire fraud, insider trading, money laundering, theft of trade secrets and obstruction), as well as organized crime, narcotics, firearms, and bank robbery cases. He represented the United States in numerous federal jury trials and appellate arguments before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. From 2000 to 2001, Mr. Robbins served as Pacific Regional Coordinator for DOJ’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, and as Deputy Chief of the Narcotics Section. From 2002 to 2004, he was Chief of the Office’s Securities Fraud Section and led the Department of Justice’s investigation into criminal manipulation of the California electricity markets by Enron and others during the State’s energy crisis.
Mr. Robbins first joined Shearman & Sterling in 1988 as a summer associate, and again as an associate in 1990 after a federal clerkship. Throughout his tenure with the firm, Mr. Robbins has defended companies and individuals in civil securities class actions, antitrust and tender offer litigation in state and federal courts. He has also successfully litigated and tried commercial disputes in international and domestic arbitrations.
Mr. Robbins is a member of the firm’s Global Pro Bono Committee.